Alan Quinlan

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Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Mark McCall with the Champions Cup trophy after his side’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

You shouldn’t, of course, make promises you can’t keep, so Joe Molloy was taking a mighty gamble at the start of Virgin Media’s coverage when he promi(...)

Kristen O’Reilly (far right) with her siblings Nicola, Lorraine, Keith, Nora and Michelle

Kristen O’Reilly often wonders if her father John Martin was whistling as he went about his work that day. He whistled a lot. He was missing when she (...)

The Ireland squad stand together for Ireland’s Call before the match against France in the 2007 Rugby World Cup on September 21st,  which the French won 25-3. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

If Ireland do nothing else this weekend against France, killing the notion that this is the 2007 all over again would count as a fine day’s work. Ever(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their first try despite the attempted tackle of Garry Ringrose during the  Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Only 90 seconds in and Jonny May was punching the air in celebration after his try and you sensed the afternoon/evening ahead might be quite a lengthy(...)

Billy Holland will make his 200th Munster appearance against Connacht. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Billy Holland will chalk up his 200th appearance for Munster this weekend in Galway but it took the toss of a coin – or several tosses as it turned ou(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani (second left) tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell (centre), resulting in a red card during the Heineken European Champions Cup match at Thomond Park, Limerick on October 20th.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the 11th minute of the last meeting between Ireland and New Zealand, at the Aviva Stadium in November 2016, Robbie Henshaw carried into contact wit(...)

 John Kelly celebrates his try for Munster during the “Miracle Match”, where the province needed to win by exactly four tries and 27 points against Gloucester, which they succeeded in doing so.   Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Looking back now, it perhaps doesn’t seem quite so fanciful. Facing into the final round of pool games, Munster had to beat Gloucester and also by fou(...)

Freddie Burns reacts after his mistake against Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leo Cullen used a great word the other night in his interview ahead of Leinster’s rout of Wasps. When he was quizzed about his side’s apparent willing(...)

A security guard loses his trousers as he chases down a pitch invader after Ireland’s win over Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Some are analysts. Some are commentators. It is not difficult to tell the difference between the two. “Still young enough to sleep with the lights on(...)

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